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The Hidden History of Burma: Race, Capitalism, and the Crisis of Democracy in the Twenty-first Century
The Hidden History of Burma: Race, Capitalism, and the Crisis of Democracy in the Twenty-first Century
By Thant Myint-U
Norton, 2019, 304 pp.

Just a few years ago, Myanmar (also called Burma) was widely seen as an international success story. In March 2011, after half a century of military rule, a quasi-civilian government led by the former general Thein Sein came to power and embarked on a remarkable campaign of political and economic reforms. Over the next year and a half, the government released dissidents, lifted press censorship, let the democratic icon Aung San Suu Kyi reenter politics after spending years under house arrest, and opened peace talks with more than a dozen rebel groups. President Thein Sein’s administration also took important steps

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